Or Artist Ride. We left Wednesday about noon and got back about 5 yesterday evening. Tired but happy. It has been going on for 32 years and we haven’t missed many years of it. My friend Kelvin is here and he rode so much he just sat around on Sunday. It was overcast and rainy on Friday so there wasn’t many pictures taken that day. But Saturday was bright and sunny and we did a lot of scenes with cows and horses. There were calvary soldiers drilling on the parade ground when we came back to camp.All kinds of different activities in the “town”, which is where there are several old buildings and many canvas tents set up to form a street. Wish I could show pictures, but the artist who come to get material pay  a fee to shoot these pictures with the exclusive right to them to be used in their art work. But if you are a fan of western art, you’ve seen many pictures that came from the Artist Ride. I sure hope we can get back next year with new idea’s for the artists and the fun we all have. It’s like a family reunion every year, except everyone gets along and enjoys each others company. If you are on Facebook, watch my page and you may see some photos that came from there…

 

Not real sure at what we been busy about, but seems like there is always something… I’ve pulled some loads with the new pickup and it pulls well, I really like the engine brake, drove down to a gig  in the southern part of the start and back and got over 17 miles to the gallon.. that seemed pretty good.seems to get better mileage at 70 than slower… been getting stuff ready for the Artist Ride coming up fast… Kelvin, my friend from Denmark flies in Saturday evening for an extended visit… I let the cows into the middle pasture today for fresh grass. they seem to be enjoining it..we’ve been getting some storms passing thru’, some days we get rain some times mostly wind and lightning.. no fires real close to here but all around us it sounds like.. we are still pretty green, considering how dry it’s been.. been working on the house getting some chinking done.. almost got the outside chinking done..Cindy started working the Rally lastFriday night.. she works from 7 to 5 the next morning.. so our sleep schedule has been all messed up.. Laramie and Bob came and shod up the horses for me the other day.. should be riding my colt I guess, suppose I am going to have to send him back toDustin for awhile… then I know he will be good.

Chance Tate and I had an appointment in Sturgis yesterday, so they rode with me then we went on to Rapid to the chiro, and then came home.. this morning Cindy and I headed south to Wall, signed papers for a loan on a new pickup then went on and took delivery at Kadoka. 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 dually. Drives and rides almost as nice as a Caddy.. got the Cummins engine.. sure like it, but now we have to pay for the dang thing.. anyone looking, give Mike a call at Billion Auto in Sioux Falls. We looked and tried to make a deal in the Hills but couldn’t get what we wanted for the same money.

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I’ll see how it handfuls a load tomorrow when I go get bulls. Hope I have better luck than the last time when I blew a trailer tire with no lug wrench to take it off with.. oh well, I got new tires on the trailer, so it will probably be fine..

Been getting up around or over a hundred every day lately. I put two window air conditioners in the new house and it makes it bearable… Cindy is thinking central air!

Our friend Carl has been here most of this week getting photographs for a new deal he is working on. Revisiting all the people he took photos of 20 years ago. Hopefully most of us will be around to do it again in another 20!

Rick came and helped with the house a couple days this week. He and Tate got lots done. It’s getting closer to done, but still plenty to do and it ain’t no fun when it gets this hot… Wyatt stopped in and helped one day also.

The hailstorm a week or so ago had a sliver ling. A guy who had bees out in the area that got hammered came and asked to set them up here where we weren’t effected, so we now have some bees and will get some honey. I’ve wanted some for years but never could get anyone interested.. hopefully they will help get some alfalfa seed this fall on old hay ground we grazed early.

Been one of them weeks, days, maybe several weeks…

Today i hooked up to the trailer and went after bulls. Got them, headed back and got about 10 miles from there and blew a good tire on the trailer… don’t know why, doesn’t matter. I went to fix it and some fool had taken the tire wrench that fits the trailer out of the pickup! After much frustration and calls finally the man’s son who we lease the bulls from came and brought an extra spare tire, and a battery operated lug wrench.. I got to get me one of those! And a new spare tire and a new tire to go back on the trailer.. my spare isn’t too shiny… I was supposed to go to a funeral this afternoon and should have had plenty of time, but didn’t get home in time for it..

Yesterday Cindy and I went to town, thinking about trading of the 95 Dually with the good old Cummins 12 valve… dealt with auto dealers for way too long and my head still hurts.. didn’t get any trade made but did learn a few things.. still making calls and what not on this deal..Chance would like to keep the Dually and get rid of his pickup, so we’d need to trade off his, figure out the differences in prices and still; get all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed…

Been working on the house. Lige helped me get more fence posts installed for railings, got some more to do. Rick came over and spent a day helping us.. that was sure a big help.

Been a terrible hail storm go thru’ since last I posted, but it went south of us, we just got a good rain.

Slome months back the local telephone company came in and put wires into the new house. Never hooked a phone up to it, so I just forgot and when I trenched for there new new well, I cut the line.. told the guy what happened and they have changed the rules to where they don’t just repair it, or bring in a semi permanent line, they have to trench one in with a special trencher.. last I heard they would still be over a month out.. sure is a pain to come to the old house to check messages and the internet morning and night… I sure hope we get this house all done and fixed up some day… on a brighter note, when we got home last night, Tate had installed the tub surround around the big whirlpool tub in the master bath.. aromatic cedar and man is it putty! Now, if he’d just get that tub hooked up I’d grab a bottle of bourbon ands go sock in it for a good long spell!

 

If you need to get ahold of me, call my cell phone, leave a message on Facebook or a message on our old home number… we’ll leave light on for you…

Tho’ it’s only the 3rd, I have some thoughts on our celebration of Independence Day.

This spring a distant friend contacted me and told me her niece and family were traveling thru’ this area and wanted to spend a little time on a real ranch and see some of the Black Hills and wondered if we could put them up for a night or two? Cindy and I discussed it and decided that this particular family would work as if need be, they could stay in  a tent or teepee in case the house wasn’t quite far enough along to have guests in it. We said yes.. it was just the impetus we needed to go hard to get the house livable, tho’ not done by a long shot. Beth, Jon and girls arrived before dark on the 1st and we  shoveled a path thru’ the mess and stowed their gear and sat up too late visiting! But we had a great visit, as far as I was concerned. Yesterday morning I took them around the cattle and some of the pasture, as I had to do some gate shutting and turn on a well and other odds and ends. When we got back we went back to the house and remembered we had a tool we had rented that needed returned and some items that were wrong and needed returned and few more pieces of flooring to finish up one of the bathrooms.. so they all loaded up in the Nitro with me, we hauled the stuff back, got the new items and headed for Mount Rushmore and Crazyhorse mountain. Then we drove thru’ the Needles hiway and stopped south of Hermosa for  Lintz Bro’s pizza.. yes, by the way, it is really great pizza! I of course, kept up a running commentary about everything we saw and answered the questions they had about this area and our type of life. We got home about dark and sat again and visited into the wee hours as we knew they were leaving this morning for the rest of their trip.

While at Mt Rushmore, I was reminded about this nation. Rushmore is known as the “Shrine of Democracy”. And it showed it. Lots of people of every color and creed, all there to look at what man had done to remind us of some of our past leaders who did their best to help this country and freedom. Made me proud. Both it and Crazyhorse took a lot of effort and vision and will be here for many years, unless some catastrophe happens. And millions of people gaze upon both.

And marvel.

And hopefully think and go away with a renewed energy to take up the task of making and keeping this nation the best on the earth. Yes, we are not there yet, but please show me a country where there is more freedom for the people who live there, in every way. Yes, we have lost many freedoms we used to enjoy and perhaps we need to reflect on that and remind ourselves of all who have given so much so we can have what we do have, and strengthen our resolve to fix the problems we have for the best for the many. And make ourselves more free than we are now.

Hope you all have a great, safe 4th of July. I am so far and making new wonderful people as friends is a very large part of that. Thanks for stopping in Jon and Beth and letting us get to meet you and your lovely daughters. Hurry back, soon. And thanks Anne for asking us to allow people we had never met to become part of our lives, even for a short while.

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There is railing all around on the porch and deck now, since this photo was taken

Photos of the upstair library will be and loft where the master bedroom is..

Cindy and I spent our first night in the new house last night. We got the waterbed in and filled yesterday and a toilet installed in the upper bathroom. I say we put too much water in the new waterbed mattress, but Cindy said it’s the first morning she hasn’t waken with a back ache, so we will see how that goes! Chance and Hope got flooring down in the mudroom yesterday, Tate and Chance and I got the refig installed, tho’ we couldn’t hook up the water for the ice maker yet.. missing a fitting, seems like there is a lot of that going around.. we still need to get more lights hooked up. I wanted to put flooring in the  mail level bathroom, but the boys want to get sheetrock in it first.. they did get the basement bathroom, sheet rocked..still lots of things to do, chinking (I had to chink in the bedroom yesterday so that wall would be done where the bed sets and we wouldn’t have to drain and move it) trim and this and that.. it was a very quiet night and strange to be sleeping pointing a different direction.. had to get up and walk down to the old house to make me some breakfast.. Tate has been installing kitchen cabinets and working on building counter top…Tate and Kass have a wedding to attend today, so we need to get some cows moved while he isn’t here to crack the whip on us! Might get a few more things done on the house, but seems to me we will be working on this house for a long time to come…

Tonight at Philip. Monday afternoon Cindy and I hauled a load of dries down to Philip for the Tuesday Sale. Chance and I hauled a few more down Monday morning then waited for them to sell.. not real shiny, but better than Chance expected on his. Got a nice rainMonday evening, somewhere from a half inch to one and a half inch, depending on who you talked to.. sure helped wash the dust off the grass. Cindy and I ran into town yesterday and went to Francis Hanzliks funeral. She was a real nice lady. We went to the chiro afterwards and both of us got worked on. Helped me feel better. I rode over and got a cow off from Del’s on Red Owl creek this morning. Ol’ fool ought to know better than to go over there!😀 She wasn’t much of a chore for me and Pilgrim. Tate helped me change out the headlights on Teddy this morning.. ought to be able to see better at night now.

Church was full for Mass this morning.. after dinner I took a nap then Arabelle, Lige and Gabe came up and we moved some pairs back up into Harrry’s.. been so hot we hadn’t finished it up.. the deer flies are a pest, but we had a good breeze, so it wasn’t terrible. Gabe rode Crackerjack and got along fine, this was Ari’s second trip outside on Beaver.. thought I was gonna have to kill her, telling her how to ride and leave the facer alone and yet be shortened up so he didn’t go too fast.. I don’t know who got the patience in the family, but it wasn’t me! Supposed to sort off some dries tomorrow…

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